Book Review, Historical

Book Review – A Midnight Dance

A Midnight Dance

by Joanna Davidson Politano

All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?

Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano.

My Thoughts

This book is just one more stunning masterpiece by the talented writer Joanna Davidson Politano.
I loved reading about Ella and her life as a ballerina in the mid 1800s, in London.
Because of her life circumstances, Ella is only able to be trained in ballet due to a scholarship. But is in her very blood, and she dances ballet as though she was born doing it.
This is her story. And Ms. Politano reveals it to us one teeny, tiny, tantalizing little piece at a time.
First, we see Ella finding some very old, but well known crimson ballet slippers. She is determined to keep these safe.
Her life is a big puzzle. Life in the ballet company, there at the theater, is no walk in the park. There is danger. Mystery. And much more.
In addition to Ella’s story, there is the story of a certain famous ballerina, from an early time period, with lots of mystery surrounding her life. Ella is determined to unravel the mystery and discover the truth of what happened all those years earlier.
This is a story of searching for one’s identity, belonging, and more.
Each chapter is woven together with beautifully crafted word pictures, and we are left with an exquisite masterpiece.
If you enjoy historical novels with hints of mystery tangled throughout, you won’t want to miss this one!
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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